I’m a software developer and occasionally an adjunct assistant professor. I enjoy studying mathematics, computer science and software development.
Try Not To Fool Yourself
My tag line “try not to fool yourself” is in reference to Richard Feynman’s famous quote:
Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.
For work I develop using Microsoft tools (Visual Studio and C#). I spent many years in the first decade of the 2000s playing around with Linux. I loved how great a free operating system could be. It also reminded me of my original UNIX days in the late 80s when I was introduced to Sun “pizza box” workstations and HP 9000s. This led me to actually buy a Sun Ultra 5 and a Sun Ultra 60 from eBay. Wow, who’d of ever thought you could own your own UNIX workstation at home!
I “discovered” Apple about 6 years ago and now that’s all I use at home (Well, I also use my Mac Book Air at work for everything except my actual development). It gives me a great unix “workstation” and an awesome easy to use interface. I did much of my graduate computer science work on my Mac Book Pro.
I used the name loominate for a project I started in 2006. I was using Linux and Solaris at home and wanted a good financial management program to replace Quicken which I had used on Windows. I started using GnuCash. GnuCash was very good, very functional. But I dreamed of a nicer user interface for it and thought along with a couple of friends we could do it. I brainstormed a bunch of names and settled on the idea of “illuminating” finances by providing a better user interface to GnuCash. This led me to come up with the name loominate and I even registered this domain back then (but let it lapse in 2007 or 2008). I Googled the word back in 2006 and it wasn’t really in use. There were a few references, but nothing really actively using it (if I recall correctly). I now see that it is used in more places, but I still like the name. Alas, nothing ever came of our GnuCash front end.